The quintessential ‘stoner’ in films and tv shows is shown as slow, unmotivated, and to be frank, unintelligent.
The reality of a stoner is less of a comic relief and more of a normal human experience.
Many productive influencers are admitting their opinions of cannabis and changing the perception of stoners, such as Jordan Peele announcing he smokes during his creative process. (source)
There are many stereotypes given to stoners, but some are more toxic and widely known such as ‘stoner sloths’, and ‘this is your brain on drugs.’
Cannabis has different cannabinoids that allows us to grow different strains for different highs.
Stoner sloth is a stereotype that is easy for smokers to combat with two simple ingredients: sativa and an open mind.
A stoner sloth is only one of many possible cannabis highs.
The “Sloth” high is caused by several factors. Indica strain weeds will take away body pain, leaving the user relaxed and sometimes feeling glued to the couch. “Couch lock” is also cause by old buds that contain CBN. There are energetic, creative, and motivated highs as well.
The complexity of cannabis is unknown to many- we assume this is why marijuana’s false press has been perpetuated.
It’s common to base your opinion of weed on one smoking experience. Some people introduced by smoking a “slothy” strain will forever be against marijuana. This is where the history of
Contrary to popular belief cannabis does not scramble the brain like an egg in a skillet. Ever since 1987 the Partnership for a Drug Free America has been out to associate shocking imagery to drug use, classifying cannabis, heroin, and prescription opioids as all having the same ‘brain-scrambling’ effects.
If you haven’t seen the infamous commercial, check it out:
These are federally ‘Class 1’ drugs. Class one drugs are defined as having high risk for abuse, addiction, and no medical benefit.
Despite this comparison, marijuana has caused 0 lethal overdoses, and every single day over 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose. (source)
Rachael Leigh Cook revisited her 1997 “This is your brain on drugs” commercial 20 years later with the help of the Drug Policy Alliance with a matured view point.
People of color are more likely to be incarcerated than white stoners and Cook demonstrates with her frying pan and eggs how being arrested for something as minor as smoking weed can destroy a bright future.
The ending lands on a white family, who’s adults committed the same crime but were never caught. Negative stereotypes against pot users fall disproportionately against PoC so it is important to get more cannabis representation out there.
Watch the revisited commercial here:
Yes, there are couch potatoes and people who go overboard with their cannabis consumption for social media, but for the general weed smoking population, cannabis has a positive effect.
Cannabis has been under a smear campaign for generations.
It’s up to us now to represent the true, healing effects of marijuana.
Let’s break the stereotype.